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This month’s on-disc and in-print es­sen­tials.

The Art of Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net: Wreck-it Ralph 2

[Chron­i­cle Books, $40] It’s al­ways en­rich­ing to ex­am­ine the tra­di­tional art skills (and eye-pop­ping tal­ent) that form the foun­da­tions of our fa­vorite cut­ting-edge CG projects -- es­pe­cially one as 21st cen­tury as the Wreck-it Ralph se­quel! Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion’s di­rec­tor of creative af­fairs, Jes­sica Julius ( The Art of Zootopia) is our guide in this 160-page visit with the film’s amaz­ing In­ter­net world and its od­dball on­line denizens. As yet un­re­vealed con­cept art, char­ac­ter sketches, sto­ry­boards and col­orscripts pop from the page with pro­duc­tion team in­sights. Di­rec­tors Rich Moore and Phil John­ston pro­vide the fore­words. [Oct. 30]

Walt Dis­ney’s Mickey Mouse: The Com­plete His­tory

[Taschen, $200] Au­thor/film his­to­rian J.B. Kauf­man ( The Fairest One of All, South of the Bor­der with Dis­ney) and David Ger­stein -- who de­liv­ers the gor­geous hard­cover Mickey Mouse comic col­lec­tions -- pull up their lit­tle red britches and dig deep into the char­ac­ter’s in­cred­i­ble 90-year his­tory. This 480-page vol­ume packs in 1,500 images, from be­hind-the-scenes snaps and rare pro­duc­tion sketches from Micky’s 121 car­toons. Fans will also learn about the vast world of Mickey merch and mem­o­ra­bilia, the Mickey Mouse Club days, and even some never-com­pleted projects for the le­gendary ro­dent. [Nov. 7]

Walt Dis­ney’s Nine Old Men: Mas­ters of An­i­ma­tion

[Wel­don Owen, $50] Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ol­lie John­ston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kim­ball, Eric Lar­son, John Louns­bery, Wolf­gang Rei­ther­man, Frank Thomas -- these were the men who built the creative legacy of the Dis­ney stu­dio, and nur­tured it for the fu­ture as new gen­er­a­tions of artists came through its doors. Pub­lished in con­junc­tion with The Walt Dis­ney Fam­ily Mu­seum’s ex­hi­bi­tion, this book fea­tures ex­ten­sive re­search and fam­ily in­ter­views con­ducted by Lion King pro­ducer Don Hahn, who cre­ates full-bod­ied por­traits of the Nine Old Men, their lives and their work on clas­sic films such as Pinoc­chio, Bambi, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp and Sleep­ing Beauty. Writ­ten with film his­to­rian and critic Charles Solomon, the 160-page hard­cover is equal parts de­voted schol­ar­ship and a cozy af­ter­noon re-or­ga­niz­ing fam­ily pho­tos with your grandpa. [Oct. 16]

The Wes An­der­son Col­lec­tion: Isle of Dogs

[Abrams, $35] Spouses, col­lab­o­ra­tors and ded­i­cated film nerds Lau­ren Wil­ford & Ryan Steven­son (ed­i­tors, Bright Wall/dark Room) take us back to the pre­car­i­ously-piled won­der­land of Trash Is­land through sev­eral in-depth in­ter­views with the cel­e­brated di­rec­tor and his col­lab­o­ra­tors. Se­crets of the stop-mo­tion gem’s con­cep­tion and pro­duc­tion are re­vealed along with un­pub­lished set pho­tos, con­cept art, sto­ry­boards and hand-writ­ten notes. The fourth vol­ume in the NYT best­selling Wes An­der­son Col­lec­tion, this pa­per trea­sure trove stays true to the An­der­so­nian aes­thetic with col­or­ful il­lus­tra­tions by Max Dal­ton and fab over­all de­sign. Se­ries reg­u­lar Matt Zoller Seitz pro­vides the fore­word; in­tros by on­line video es­say­ists Tay­lor Ramos & Tony Zhou ( Ev­ery Frame a Paint­ing). [Sept. 25]

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